Over 2,000 U.S. Military Academy cadets along with staff and faculty participated in the 2019 5K Tunnel to Towers run yesterday to commemorate New York Fire Department Firefighter Stephen Siller's heroic run from Brooklyn to the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. This year Retired Master Sgt. Cedric King led the formation during the run. Members from the Corps of Cadets have participated in this run since 2009.
On September 11, 2001, Stephen, who was assigned to Brooklyn's Squad 1, had just finished his shift and was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got word over his scanner of a plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Upon hearing the news, Stephen called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later. He returned to Squad 1 to get his gear. Stephen drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others, "while we have time, let us do good" were words that Stephen lived by.
Photo: CDT Hanna Lamb '23